My Hand Made Year - 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014


I always enjoy the start of a new year. It's a chance to wipe the slate clean, set new goals and put learnings from the past year to good use. While I know that you can (and should) to do all these things during the year as well, the beginning of a fresh new one always inspires new beginnings and optimism for the future. So, with all that said and as I alluded to in my last post, I have one rather major sewing goal for this shiny brand new year...

In 2014, I will not buy any new or new-to-me clothing. I will sew every garment I need with the exception of underwear, socks, stockings and shoes.

Yup, you read it right here folks!

I'm also going to be writing a regular series on my blog about how to incorporate Me-Mades into your current wardrobe, break down the daunting task of beginning to make a Me-Made wardrobe in the first place, post regular outfit posts of me wearing my Me-Mades in my every day life and have a bunch of helpful tutorials, links and interviews on making a Me-Made wardrobe as well as how to incorporate more Me-Mades into your home.

All of these posts will of course have a slight vintage lean, but I hope that everything I have to say about the subject will translate well into any style or look you may be going for.

I'm pretty excited about all of the things I have planned, and I hope you, my fellow sewists, readers, dabblers, lurkers, tea (and coffee) drinkers, cat-lovers and vintage enthusiasts, will find at least something inspiring or of use to you this year.

Here is to a happy 2014, filled with lots of Me-Mades, cheer and good fun!

xx
Jen
30 comments on "My Hand Made Year - 2014"
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    1. Thanks Sunny, I think I'll need it!! xx

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  2. It's a wonderful goal, all the best!

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  3. Great goal! One I kind of did last year without even trying. I only bought one jumper and one top - it is so much more satisfying to wear your own made garments :)
    Happy sewing and I look forward to your posts

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    1. Wow, that is amazing that you did it without even planning too! Hope my year will be as successful :)

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  4. Wow, this sounds brilliant! I'm excited for all your posts!

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  5. Good luck - look forward to stalking your progress! :)

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  6. Happy new year! Best of luck with your sewing goal, I hope you find joy in the challenge.

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  7. Yay! me too. I am looking forward to your tips and ideas of how to make this work.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Yay, so glad I have a pal to help me along! We may need to send each other emergency emails when our will's are being tested!

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  8. Whoa, that's a huge goal! I'm sure you will do wonderfully with it, though :) I am really looking forward to your new series!

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  9. Happy new year. I'm looking forward to seeing how your challenge goes! I don't quite have the courage to make that commitment yet but I'd love to try it.

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  10. Happy new year!

    Nice blog you have build up.
    I like your stil, your colours. your DIY. And all the beautiful dresses.

    Tina
    http://www.mariahoffbeck.blogspot.com

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  11. OOOOHHHH!!! Can't wait! It will certainly be interesting to see how you get on with this goal! Hope you can stick with it all the way through!
    Happy 2014!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  12. That's an awesome goal, Jen! Very ambitious, but I'm sure you're up to the task. I think I could make almost all of my clothes except for jeans, which I wear almost every day. It doesn't seem worth making them by hand because I wear them out so quickly. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for this new feature!

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    1. Thanks Melissa!! As I wear skirts and dresses almost everyday, I think my goal is achievable, but I can totally see why you wouldn't want to make jeans. I certainly wouldn't :)

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  13. Wow! I'm so excited to read about your experiences!

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  14. You can do it! I bet it'll be so much easier than you expected :) I look forward to reading your approach to incorporating your me-mades into your wardrobe- it's definitely something I struggle with & I still find myself relying pretty heavily on old store bought things like jeans, jumpers & tracksuit pants to complement what I make & fill out the gaps of my me- made wardrobe

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    1. Thanks Jenny!! As long as I don't tempt myself by browsing online I think I should be fine :p I hope I'll have some useful tips to help you incorporate your Me Mades into your everyday wardrobe. xx

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  15. Wow! You've inspired me....I'm going to try not to buy any new clothes this year. The lure of op shops will be too great for me to ignore though!
    Can't wait to read your future posts!

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    1. Oooh, do let me know if you're going to attempt to do the same thing! Mutual support and safety in numbers and all that :)

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    2. I've stuck to my guns so far...I'm not even going to buy second hand! Maybe we should make it a thing with a fancy button and all and see how many bloggers we can get on board!

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    3. Yes!! I'll gather the troops and flick everyone an email in the next few days :)

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  16. I can't wait to see everything you sew! This is such an exciting goal.

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  17. This sounds great! I'll be eagerly awaiting your posts on building a Me-Made Wardrobe!

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  18. I love the idea--I'll read your posts with great delight in discovering how you do it.

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  19. ooh good luck! I'll be following along.

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  20. Woohoo go you! I couldn't do it... well, I can't sew either, but even if I could...

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XX
Jen

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